Eclectic music fills Kapiolani club

Text Marina Riker
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Jazz Minds Art & Café, owned by South Korean transplant Young Yi, is definitely the most eclectic jazz club I've been to. A pair of boxing gloves hang from the ceiling above the bar, which is decorated in multicolored mini-paper lanterns. The walls are lined with posters of jazz icons and a large collection of figurines -- from small garden gnomes to traditional Asian dolls -- are displayed in China cabinets. There isn't an empty space on the wall.

It's the perfect place to sip a glass of wine and mingle with other music lovers. Many of Yi's friends met their significant others here.

"I introduce them and they get married," she says happily.

Yi's goal was to create a fun and humble jazz club where locals and tourists can enjoy good company and great music.

As Yi says, "If you don't know jazz, you don't know life." Open your mind to some good music.

Jazz Minds Art & Café - 1661 Kapiolani Blvd. Closed Sundays.


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